12 tags of christmas…tag 10

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supplies: facets, seasonal paper stash, long fasteners, alpha parts; distress ink (brushed corduroy/forest moss), archival ink (jet black), perfect pearls mists (heirloom gold), paint dabber (gold/snow cap), metal foil tape, #8 kraft tag, glossy accents, craft sheet, craft scraper, clear embossing powder, heat tool, ink blending tool; dies (tattered banners); CMS095, scissors, craft pick; clear packing tape, jute *bonus: flip-pal scanner


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step 1: select paper ephemera to create your embellishment with.

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step 2: place sized facet over selected image you want to use.

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step 3: cut out paper slightly larger than your facet.

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step 4: cut a piece of clear packing tape the size of your paper.  *note: the clearer your tape looks on the roll, the better this technique will work.

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step 5: apply clear tape over paper.

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step 6: burnish the tape to the paper really well using your fingers.

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step 7: trim off any excess tape.

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step 8: place taped paper into warm water.

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step 9: begin rubbing the wet paper using your thumbs.

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step 10: continue rubbing the paper in a circular motion.

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step 11: rub all of the paper off of the packaging tape until your thumbs begin to “squeak” on the back of the tape.

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step 12: place your finished custom “transparency” on the craft sheet and blot excess water with paper towel.  pretty simple and cool huh?  *note: do not dry with heat tool!

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step 13: cut a piece of metal foil tape about the size of your transparency.

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step 14: remove paper backing from foil tape.

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step 15: press adhesive side of transparency to the sticky side of the metal foil tape and burnish with your fingers.  *note: check out the vibrancy of your transparency.

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step 16: apply glossy accents to the back of the facet.  *note: use only a SMALL amount of glossy accents, a very SMALL amount.

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step 17: spread out the glossy accents using the tip of the bottle as shown.

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step 18: press the facet on to the foiled transparency and apply pressure.

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step 19: allow facet to set for a few minutes and trim excess with scissors.

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step 20: allow facet to set for another 30 minutes, and use a craft scraper (or plastic card) and slide along the back of the foil tape to remove excess glossy accents trapped under the tape.  wipe away with paper towel.

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step 21: pierce a hole through the foil tape using your craft pick – be sure to pierce from the back of the facet.

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step 22: for the tag, stamp the music as a background using jet black archival ink.  dry tag with heat tool.

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step 23: stamp the holly with forest moss distress.

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step 24: apply clear embossing powder over stamped image.

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step 25: heat emboss with heat tool until shiny.

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step 26: ink edges of tag with distress ink (brushed corduroy) using ink blending tool.

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step 27: drag paper distresser along the edges of the tag.

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step 28: shake perfect pearls mist (heirloom gold) and mist tag.

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step 29: dry tag with heat tool.

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step 30: die cut tattered banner and ink and fold the largest banner.  adhere to tag with glossy accents.

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step 31: swipe paint dabber (snow cap) across top of banner to antique.

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step 32: tie twine/jute through tops of each facet and tie in knot.

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step 33: apply foam tape to back of each facet and adhere to tag.

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step 34: secure excess jute to top of tag with long fasteners through top of tag.

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step 35: remove letters from alpha parts and trim excess plastic.

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step 36: dab the tops with gold paint dabber and let dry.

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step 37: adhere letters to tattered banner on tag.

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step 38: apply glossy accents over tops of the letters and set aside to dry.  embellish tag with ribbon and findings and we’re done!

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the details: the look of these reflective, translucent faceted crystals is so incredible in person.  they resemble the worm timeless look of mercury glass – love it!

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the details: changing the color of alpha parts is easy with a little paint.  adding a top layer of glossy accents really creates and even more dimensional glazed effect.  the finishing touch was a couple of true vintage mercury glass ornaments.

so i get asked all of the time where i find my ephemera to create my papers and stamps.  i honestly search all over the world for just the right vintage papers, postcards, graphics and more.  my most favorite tool to capture these?  the flip-pal scanner…. seriously you will NOT believe how cool this little time saving gadget is.  it is simply the most convenient way to capture them.  this little hand held (yes hand held) scanner runs on batteries and does not need to be hooked to a computer ever.  it comes with it’s own sd card and card reader ready to go.  just see it for yourself here and watch the video too.  it’s just incredible!
GREAT NEWS!  flip-pal is offering a discount code for 10% off a flip-pal if you click the link and use code HoHo11A here.  (*this coupon is good from december 5-18, 2011 or while supplies last).

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well i hope you try this technique out.  as you can tell from the simplicity of today’s tag, it’s really all about creating these wonderful accents.  i’m already picturing creating vintage inspired charms from photographs, nature ephemera, vintage text and more.  i think these would make the perfect holiday gifts my simply adding some ball chain and perhaps a bauble or two.  so what ideas do you have in mind?  can’t wait to find out…t!m

as many of you know, my friends mr. & mrs. stampers anonymous (ted & michelle) have been visiting the past couple of days, and yesterday and today they’ve joined in the creative chaos of 12 tags by making their own tags using each days technique.  so check out their creations below:

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ted really loved this technique as you can see by his faceted festive fan-fare tag!  by incorporating lots of details like layering the car, adding a die cut tree tied down, made a mini rosette, and layered it all with fluffy sparkle!

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michelle wanted a test of the wild west (maybe a little time in arizona has inspired her?).  by layering the rodeo stamp on to patterned paper, adding a big festive banner filled with holiday greenery, and an ode to a holiday movie classic!





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244 Comments to “12 tags of christmas…tag 10”

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  4. Becs Attwood says:

    Fabulous – love that technique. Gotta get me some of that foil and some clear packing tape & I’m good to go!! Thanks for sharing & for making everything look so easy with your great step-by-step photos.

  5. Tine says:

    Love the tag Michelle made πŸ˜‰
    It’s a fun twist!
    Think it is a great idea your friends give their version too. Seems like everyone is participation this year. Ranger is also on the go…

  6. Barbara Tibbles says:

    Looks like facets will have to go on the christmas wish list. Can not wait to try this one. Feels like the 12 tags of christmas will end far too soon.

  7. Gayle L says:

    I love the classic look to this tag. Are we really coming to an end of them. OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Diane Bosscher says:

    Hi to you all! Love the homemade transparency, not only for facets ;o) Thanks for your creativity (3 tags, bts)!
    Bye, Diane Bosscher

  9. Trish Bee says:

    More fabness! I do love the ornaments, if you didnt have the facets you could substitute using page pebbles if you have them in your stash instead.

  10. Martine says:

    Another great tag Tim. Can’t wait till the holidays to have time to make one. Three days of work left then six weeks holidays!

  11. MamaMaxa says:

    I love vintage look of this tag! Brilliant idea, Tim!

  12. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tag!!! I’m bound to make several of these and give them as gifts! I could see a whole tree decorated with these little beauties! THANK YOU!!

  13. Jeannie says:

    These have to be my favorites so far. (I know I’ll change my mind after tomorrow’s post :D) I love the transfers with packing tape. It gives such an antiqued look. The car tag is wonderful and my brother would love it. Thanks!!!

  14. Amy N says:

    I adore this tag! I forgot about the image transfer on tape technique. Thanks for reminding me!!

  15. Corina says:

    First time I made it until midnight to take a look! And of course I am not disappointed – you haven’t let me down yet!!! Love the tree tied down on the vehicle. Thanks so much!

  16. Sarah Walker says:

    Beautiful tags by all you you. Love Michelle’s interpreation of Annie Get your Gun. Awesome. Congratulations to all winners so far and to Tim and his team for giving us the inspiration and the opportunity to *believe* in ourselves that we can do these tags.

  17. Frank Garcia says:

    The facets are simply gorgeous! Thank You for another amazing technique Tim I am loving musical notes and the tag is simply too gorgeous!

  18. Katje says:

    This tag was like being five again and waking up on Christmas morning to me! As the page opened on my laptop, my face just lit up… this is my very favorite tag (so far)! Even the tape image transfer technique takes me back to collages I would mount in my window so the sunlight could sparkle through (don’t know why it never dawned on me to put foil behind it?).
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I believe in the magic of the season…
    I believe in the magic of Santa…
    And I believe in the magic of Tim Holtz!

  19. Ruth says:

    thanks for another amazing inspiring tag, Tim, I love the baubles, I think I might try those fr my tree. My second favourite is my S.A. tying the tree to the car, awesome idea.

  20. Angela M. says:

    Loved the tag! I bought some of the facets. Now I know what I’m going to do with them. Thank you for sharing all your ideas.

  21. joanne says:

    If I share today’s tag details with my hubby, he’ll want one of those Flip Top scanners to add to his gizmo stash.

  22. Lynne V. says:

    Wow, I love the effect you’ve created with the facets.
    Great to see Mr and Mrs Stampers Anonymous’s take on the tag as well.
    Thanks for the inspiration Tim. x

  23. I BELIEVE that this tag is the most spectacular of all!!!

  24. JeanD says:

    Another (set) of wonderful tags. Glad that you are having crafty fun with friends, and providing us with inspiration

  25. Alicia says:

    Very cool. I love it

  26. Doris Widder says:

    Awesome technique! Have seen the tape/transparency technique done before, but the addition of the foil tape make all the difference! Fabulous results! TFS

  27. zoe says:

    Totally awesome. Love the vintage feel to the Santa.

  28. Gypsy says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful- I love the classic Christmas stuff- I’m a traditionalist at heart. The tape transfer method is really cool definitely going to mess around with that soon.

  29. Lauralee Lien says:

    Are you serious!! Can this possibly get any better! Complete vintage goodness. I wish these were the giveaway! Fantastic job tim, ted,michelle and mario!

  30. Dawn K-S says:

    I’ve enjoyed each of the previous tags but I now have an absolute favorite. The mercury glass look and the overall feel if the tag just says Christmas.

  31. Heidi smith says:

    Was just watching A Christmas Story last night thinking I need to do one to go along with my Polar Expess tag πŸ™‚ love it!
    Great technique using the tape transfer on the fragments with the foil. Cant wait to see what that looks like in person.

  32. Elena Pana says:

    Absolutely great image transfer technique! Tim, you make everything look so simple and effortless and the outcome is always breathtaking! Thank you for yet another day of inspiration!

  33. Nancy G. says:

    Today I really like the paper transfer technique with the metal foil attached to the back. I will be trying that later today. Thanks again for sharing.

  34. Lizz Schwartzkopf says:

    Well, you cant get too much more traditional than these 3… (i’m a sucker for traditional)… and even the tribute to ‘A Christmas Story’ has a traditional feel to it. I guess it is a tradition of its own now; just like your 12 Days of Christmas Tags!!! Actually, the cowboy stamp reminds me of the curtains in my brother’s bedroom. I’m a fan of the facets and tape transfer technique too. Thanks Tim for the warm fuzzy memories!

  35. Rachel Greig says:

    Great tag tim! Love the image transfer!

  36. Karine says:

    This tag with the vintage santa is unbelievable ! I am so sad to see that only 2 days before the end of this magical story we share with you since the last days ! Thank you Tim for sharing time, videos, techniques, pictures with us ! Thanks giving is a little longer this year thank to you. I wish you the best christmas !

  37. kim Jones says:

    Everyday they get better and what else can we say that we haven’t aleady. Love the music notes in the background. Thanks for all the techniques you are showing us. And that new flip pal how cool, I hope santa brings me one.

  38. carisa says:

    wow wow wow!!! I don’t know how you do it but you keep doing it over and over. I love this technique with the water. I’m def going to have to try it. I can imagine these would make really cool embellishments on cards as well. Definitely a wow factor on this card!!! I can’t believe it’s day 10 already?!?!? Time really flies when you look forward to something this great each day. Thanks so much for sharing with us! πŸ˜€

  39. alesha says:

    and again, great! I think than you can replace glass, I have none …. place a lot of creativity, we will think of something else! thanks for the marathon! a great experience!

  40. Tina McArthur says:

    ABSOLUTLY STUNNING!!! Every Detail of those Faucets. I honestly cannot wait to try this one out.

  41. Mrs Frizz says:

    Have been looking at the clock thinking to myself, must be just about time to check your blog …
    we can’t possibly be up to number 10 already … OMG, only two to go!!!

  42. Naomi Davis says:

    Well I decided to stay up to view your 10th tag early. It was worth it. Loved the packaging tape technique. Can’t wait to try it out. Can’t believe only 2 more to go then what will we do? This is adicting you know. Catch ya tomorrow.

  43. Sandy Duley says:

    I love the look of these fragments and can see a lot of ideas for using them. I also loved todays tag, another fav.

  44. I love image transfers and facets! What an awesome tag and I’m getting sad it’s so close to the end….
    Ohhh what will we do for inspiration??? CHA in January!! lol

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